Keean Bexte, Editor-in-Chief of this outlet, The Counter Signal, has been detained and charged after refusing to leave a press conference hosted by Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley.
The NDP announcement was delayed by nearly an hour while political staff decided how to proceed, after demanding Bexte leave the press conference. Only Bexte was asked to leave.
Bexte refused to comply with the order until police were called and escorted him out. Police detained Bexte and criminally charged him with trespassing.
Prior to being escorted out by police, Bexte was told by political staff to give his question to one of them — and they said they would try to relay the question to Notley.
“A half dozen of her candidates have supported anti-police rhetoric including actively defunding the police,” Bexte said. “They’ve supported it and in practice done it. And now that the new Janet Brown poll is coming out, saying that over 50% of Albertans are supporting Danielle Smith. Does she think it’s time to discipline these candidates or re-tweak the anti-police message?”